Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye.
Most of the time, cataracts develop slowly over the years. You may not even notice you have them until they start to block light from your vision. If you have any concerns about your vision being affected by cataracts, schedule a cataract consultation today with Updegraff Laser Vision, serving patients in St. Petersburg, Tampa, and the surrounding areas.
Cataracts are typically part of the natural aging process. Almost everyone will develop a cataract at some point in life.
There are factors which have been proven to increase the likelihood of developing cataracts. These include smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and use of steroid medications.
As always, it is best to consult your eye doctor regularly for signs of cataract development. If you have concerns that you may be developing cataracts, contact us here at Updegraff Laser Vision. Dr. Updegraff and his team of experienced cataract surgeons will diagnose any conditions you have and treat accordingly.
Cataracts can create symptoms including:
Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy natural lens and replacing it with a clear lens implant. To do this, the cataract surgeon will first create a microscopic opening in the cellophane-like bag that holds the natural lens in place. The surgeon will break up the cataract using a machine that generates ultrasonic waves, and remove it through a tiny incision in the cornea.
Once the cataract has been removed, your cataract surgeon will fold up the replacement lens – called a lens implant – and use a tube to place it in the front of the eye. The new lens then opens like a flower in the position where your natural lens previously rested.
If you think you might need cataract surgery, the first step is to have a comprehensive eye examination. Your doctor will be able to determine if a cataract is the cause of your decreased vision. If it is, and if it is inhibiting your quality of life and your daily activities, then our surgeons can help you determine which cataract surgery option is best for your eyes and lifestyle.
The most recent breakthrough in cataract surgery is the introduction of the cataract laser. With this type of cataract surgery, we are able to obtain highly detailed information about your eye and lens. This allows for precise location and size and depth of the incisions. The laser is also used to help soften the cataract for easier removal.
The primary benefits of laser-assisted cataract surgery is our ability to increase the accuracy of our visual outcomes and shortened the surgery time.
No, if both eyes require surgery, they are typically performed 1-2 weeks apart.
You will usually be at the surgery center for about 2 hours, but on average the surgery only takes about 10 minutes.
No, general anesthesia is not necessary to perform cataract surgery. You will receive a light sedation to help you relax. Although you will still be awake, most patients will not remember the surgery.
No. Eye drops are used to numb the eye. Patients feel pressure on the eyelids, cool fluid, and see a ring of lights.
Many will feel comfortable driving, but there are also many who may have an imbalance between their eyes after their first surgery. Those who have an imbalance and reduced depth perception are encouraged to limit driving during the week between surgeries. In addition, caution should be taken while walking up and down stairs and curbs after the first eye if the depth perception is initially reduced.
The most important thing is not to rub your eye. You will need to wear a clear, plastic shield at night for the first week to help protect the eye. Although the risk of infection is rare, we also ask you to avoid swimming in pools and hot tubs for the first two weeks.